According to KMS, the unprecedented conversation occurred when Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, held a rare meeting with over 500 representatives of the civil society across the globe, on the sidelines of the 37th session of Human Rights Council, which will continue until March 23.
Kashmiri representative, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi addressing the important event discussed extra-judicial killings, fake encounters, enactment of draconian laws, indiscriminate use of pellet guns and denial of right to travel for Hurriyat leaders.
This is a significant development because Zeid Al-Hussein holds the distinction of breaking the United Nations half-century of silence on Kashmir when he added Kashmir to a formal list of urgent umanitarian crises, along with disputes like Syria and Myanmar, in his policy statement in September 2016.
Al-Hussein did this after the extrajudicial murder of Kashmiri youth activist, Burhan Wani. The High Commissioner created a second history when he sustained the focus on Kashmir throughout 2017, culminating with his announcement this month that the UN will be launching a major repot on the situation in Kashmir in June 2018. The UNHRC will hold its next session in June.
Syed Faiz Naqshbandi stood in a packed hall, with over 500 global NGO representatives, and addressed the High Commissioner on the situation in occupied Kashmir.
“We seek the appointment of a Special UN Representative on the Situation in Kashmir,” Naqshbandi demanded.
Massive clashes erupted in South Kashmir’s Islamabad district against the killings of three youth by Indian forces in the district.
According to KMS, youth took to the streets and staged massive protests in Islamabad and Kokernag areas of the district. The protests were followed by massive clashes in the areas. Eesa Fazili, Owais Shafi and a third youth were killed in Hakoora area of Islamabad district.
The class work in Government Degree College Ganderbal was suspended in view of possible protests against the killings. Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal, Dr Piyush Singla ordered the closure of the class work in the wake of killing of Easa Fazili, who was resident of nearby Soura area of Srinagar.
Meanwhile, the authorities placed Hurriyat Hurriyat forum Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house detention at his Nigeen residence and arrested Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik from his Maisuma residence to prevent them from leading any protests against the killings. Muhammad Yasin Malik was lodged at Kothi Bagh police station in Srinagar.
The authorities also arrested Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir People’s League Mukhtar Ahmad Waza and lodged him at Sadar police station in Islamabad district. He was scheduled to attend the executive council meeting of Mirwaiz forum at Ragbagh in Srinagar, today. Hurriyat leader, Javed Ahmad Mir was also arrested by police.
The senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) and President of Anjuman Sharie Shian Agha Syed Hasan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi has said that India is pushing youth of Kashmir to the wall and are forcing them to take to arms.
According to KMS, Agha Syed Hasan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “For the past many years, we have been impressing upon the international community and Indian civil society to persuade New Delhi to honour peaceful struggle of Kashmiri youth but no one has paid any heed towards our pleas.”
He said, “Kashmir dispute will have been resolved if both India and Pakistan would have looked at this issue from the prism of humanity. But alas, both the countries have made it prestige point and it has been taking toll on the people of Kashmir.”
He said that the government of India was responsible for pushing Kashmiri youth to the wall and promoting violence. The international community should introspect and see what’s happening in the occupied territory and persuade rulers to refrain from using force he added.
Meanwhile, Agha Syed Hasan expressed grief over the demise of party activist, Muhammad Abdullah Mir of Wata Magam and condoled with the bereaved family.
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